How to Choose the Best Eye Cream for You

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How to Choose the Best Eye Cream for You

Ever go through the cosmetics store or look online for eye cream and just wonder which one you should choose? There are so many to choose from and so many price points. Why is one cream better than the other? What ingredients are most important? I often wonder that myself so I thought I would ask two women that I trust to help us pick the right eye cream for you and me.

Yes, I turn to Hamilton Dermatology here in the northern suburbs of Atlanta for their expertise when it comes to my skin. Madison Hamilton, PA and Allene Bagwell, Esthetician, are my two go to ladies at the practice. Madison does all of my skin checks and injectables and Allene does all of my facials and anti-aging treatments. You can find a list of all of their services here and you can also follow them on Instagram @hamiltonderm.

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Madison Hamilton on left, Allene Bagwell on right and Madison’s dog Jazzy

Let’s Figure Out What to Look For In An Eye Cream

I’m sure that I am not alone in this hunt for the best eye cream for my eyes. Here are some of the questions that I have often wondered. I am sure that you have too or you wouldn’t be reading this post. So let’s see what these two ladies have to say.

Does the cream that you use matter?

All eye creams will benefit the eye area. We have very few oil glands in the eye area so it is important to provide moisture to the eye. The extra moisture, peptides, and anti aging ingredients may help to delay aging around the eyes.

How do you know if you are buying the right one for you?

When purchasing an eye cream, it is best to focus on how you would like to improve your eye area. Would you like to decrease puffiness? Work on fine lines? Firm the eye area? These are all important when choosing an eye cream. So, look for the small print on the front of the package or back that will help guide you in choosing the correct product.

What is the difference between eye cream and eye serum?

Eye creams and Eye serums are similar in that you can find great ingredients in both. However, a serum might be lighter weight and best suited for oilier skin types or people that prefer a light weight eye product. Eye creams tend to be heavier and provide more lubrication. So, for those that tend to get dry around the eye area, it might be best to use a cream.

What ingredients should a midlife woman make sure is in her eye cream?

Women looking to make improvements with the delicate eye area should focus on finding eye creams that contain the following

  • Hyaluronic acid- humectant that binds moisture to the skin, plumping effect
  • Peptides – support your collagen and elastic structures leading to younger looking skin
  • Moisturizers- this can be found in the form of man-made like ceramides or plant based oils
  • Retinols- this can help with exfoliation and fines lines( Hamilton DermaScience Triple Action Eye is my favorite)
  • Vitamins C and E- antioxidants that help to fight anti aging and brighten the skin
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The Application Process

Now that we know what we should look for in an eye cream let’s find out when and how we should apply things so that our eyes will look refreshed and hydrated.

When should you apply eye cream?

Eye creams are best applied in the morning to hydrate the eyes and prime the area for makeup and concealer and night to revitalize and treat overnight. Ideally, the eye cream in the morning will be lighter weight or a gel like as to not make the makeup crease.

Keeping your morning product in the cold or in the refrigerator is very refreshing in the morning and can help decrease puffiness. A nighttime product should focus on repairing the eye and providing moisture. Many of these products may have anti aging components like peptides, hyaluronic acid and even retinoids to refine fine lines.

Other Options for Keeping Our Eyes Looking the Way We Want

What else can a woman do for her eye area if she doesn’t like the way they look?

Beyond eye creams, there are a lot of great treatments that can improve the look of aging eyes. A new prescription eye treatment call Upneeq can create a more open eye and improve the look of sagging lids. Laser treatments can resurface fine lines and even improve darkness under the eye due to skin color or vessels. Many women also choose to use a toxin around the eye to stabilize movement and creasing when smiling or squinting. This can help to reduce the look of crows feet. If you are curious about some of the options, you can ask your dermatologist and he/she can address your concerns and give you many options. There are so many tools now to help women feel better about their skin and eyes.


Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet today to read about eye creams. I really do appreciate you taking the time from your day. Madison Hamilton was also kind enough to help me figure out the best face sunscreens in another post. You can read all about that here. You can also read about the benefits of clean beauty products here. Can you tell that taking care of my skin is a priority in my life? It’s a good one to have. After all our skin is our largest organ.

Remember to always have a little SASs in your day!


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  1. jodie filogomo says:

    What a great post and so informative Beth. I have been neglecting using my eye gel in the mornings, so this is a good reminder.

    1. Sometimes we all need those little reminders like this. It’s always good to hear it from the pros too. I learned a few things from this myself.

  2. I really appreciate the level of detail you shared in this post. Some people just share their favorite products, but don’t explain why they are so effective or the active ingredients!

    1. It’s always good to know what we should be looking for and why. If not how do we know that we are buying the right stuff for our own skin.

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